Former President Jimmy Carter speaks to the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church before teaching Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Ga. in April. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Monday evening for a procedure to "relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls," the Carter Center said in a statement.

Background: Carter was treated in the hospital last month for a pelvic fracture sustained in a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. In May, Carter broke his hip after falling in his home.

  • In 2015, he was treated for brain cancer. Carter announced in December of that year that the cancer had gone.

The big picture: Carter served as the 39th president of the U.S. from 1977 until 1981. He is the oldest living U.S. president and celebrated his 95th birthday last month.

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